Leg Thread Veins

Frequently asked questions

Can spider veins go away on their own? Plus Icon

Usually, spider veins disappear on their own after a few months, but several home remedies can speed up the process.

Can you get thread vein treatment on the NHS? Plus Icon

When it is for cosmetic reasons you usually have to pay for thread vein treatment to be done privately, unless you have leg ulcers, swelling or skin discolouration.

Will fake tan cover thread veins? Plus Icon

It is better not to tan your thread veins because with time they can get matted and as the thread veins break down, blood will extravasate causing brown discoloration of the skin.

Is treatment for leg thread veins permanent? Plus Icon

The results are permanent.
However, if you are prone to leg thread veins you may need occasional maintenance treatments if new vessels appear.

Is leg thread vein removal painful? Plus Icon

You may find the treatment slightly uncomfortable but not painful.

Laser treatment is described as feeling like the flick of an elastic band on your skin.

With sclerotherapy, you might feel the pricking sensation of the needle, but the pain is minimal.

Is there any harm in removing thread veins? Plus Icon

Thread veins have no function and removing them does no harm.

The only reason they are removed is because of their appearance.

What are the complications and risks? Plus Icon

Great care is needed when injecting, as the solution could damage the overlying skin.

Treatment of larger veins may leave a faint brown mark which will fade over a year, but can easily be concealed with a light tan or tights.

An allergic reaction to the solution is very rare, occurring in about one person in 100,000.

A drop in blood pressure can occur as well as a general reaction. Rarely, some thread vein patches may get worse.

What should I do before treatment for leg thread veins? Plus Icon

Please avoid aspirin, NSAIDs and use vitamin E and Aloe Vera preparations for at least 10 days beforehand.

If you also suffer from varicose veins you will need these assessed by Doppler ultrasound before your treatment can be planned.

If having laser you should avoid sun exposure in area for 6 weeks prior, and make sure you wear a sunscreen with SPF50+ if you need to go outside.

We cannot treat with laser if you have an active tan or tanning agents on the skin.

How can I prevent leg thread veins? Plus Icon

There are some steps you can take to reduce your chances of getting leg thread veins. There is no way to prevent thread veins developing, but these recommendations can help you ease your discomfort from the ones you already have: * Wear elastic support stockings. * Avoid wearing high heels for long periods of time.

  • Exercise regularly to improve your leg strength and circulation.
  • Don’t stand or sit for long periods of time.
  • Wear sunscreen (a minimum of SPF30) at all times.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle, reducing alcohol and smoking intake as much as possible.

What is the difference between varicose veins and thread veins? Plus Icon

Thread veins are different from varicose veins which are larger and deeper, may appear lumpy or twisted and are usually flesh coloured or red.

If you have leg veins that bother you, our skin experts can treat this condition quickly and effectively.

Are treatments for leg thread veins safe? Plus Icon

Yes. We use clinical lasers that only target unwanted veins, leaving the surrounding skin unharmed.

Sclerotherapy is a proven method that has been practised since the 1930s, which is an extremely safe procedure with very few complications when performed by a doctor.

How many leg thread vein treatments will I need? Plus Icon

Depending on the size and number of leg thread veins, how many treatments you need will differ.

That’s why our clients attend a consultation with one of our specialist doctors to create an personal treatment plan.

We typically recommend to start with a course of 3, however the amount of treatments needed may differ from person to person. Treatments are carried out at 4 – 6 week internals.

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